There's really no short-cut or two ways about this, you'll have to work extremely hard if you want to start your small business. It will even be more challenging unless you work extra hard just so you can direct your business in the right path to success.
This is very true.
You should set goals and work towards achieving them - Simple!
I'd say you need to be proactive and do a lot of small things that will later add up to give your business the success it needs. Get your business out there by advertising and giving it the awareness it needs. Invest in your business. It's been shown that those who spend on their business are more likely to succeed than those who don't.
Focus on growth initially and do not worry about the money. Reinvest the money back and stay focused.
Success is just on the other side.
Here are a few practical tips anyone can rely on to start a successful small business.
Start by providing exceptional customer service.
Learn about your customers and get to know how you can fulfill their needs more effectively each time
Do not forget about your existing clients...engage them more
Get social - advertise your business. Let your brand get known
Host events or activities. This will improve engagement and build trust
Give back to your community - be seen donating to a good course
Measure everything - see what works and what doesn't. Improve as you go